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The Perfect Goalie For The Philadelphia Flyers - Tim Thomas

from Chuck Gormley of the Delco Times,

The Flyers should go after Thomas. Hard. But they should not sacrifice Carter, who is in the prime of his career with at least four or five productive seasons left in him. Thomas now has two years remaining in his contract and provides the perfect bridge to Sergei Bobrovsky, who at 22 could benefit from an entire season as a starter in the American Hockey League.

How can Holmgren make it happen?

First, the Bruins need to convince themselves they can win without Thomas. They have 24-year-old Tuukka Rask waiting for the opportunity, but Rask lost the starting job to Thomas early this season and never got it back.


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whoever wrote that article is nuts.  Boston is going to trade Thomas for Matt Carle and K. Versteeg?  So is Chierrelli lining up a job in Philly after that?  And how do you figure J. Carter has 4-5 more productive years, so at the age of 31 he is done?

Posted by tbassett on 06/05/11 at 11:05 AM ET


What a ridiculously pointless article.

This has beyond a 0% chance of happening, and even mentioning it should bring nothing but laughs. Honeslty, lets convince a team to trade their Vezina winning goalie who potentially may have a cup and trade them to a rival conference team for 2 plugs.

If this is what your gonna write about stop writing about hockey.

Posted by Pat on 06/05/11 at 11:57 AM ET

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Phillthy reporters are Drinking the Senile Snider Kool-Aid !! they are WORTHLESS

Posted by Evilpens on 06/05/11 at 01:23 PM ET

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The Flyers are stuck with Bobrovsky and a so-so goalie unless they’re willing to move a big salary or two. The Flyers currently have 18 players signed for next season and only $430,000 in cap room. Even if the cap increases by $3 million, that doesn’t leave enough room to do anything substantial.

They can bury Leighton in the minors again, and that opens another $1.55 million. Ian Laperriere remains a cap hit despite not playing all of last season because he’s a 35+ contract, so the Flyers will be able to go over the cap by $1.15 million after ten games or 24 days from opening day in October. Looking long-term, Van Riemsdyk’s contract is up after the 2011-12 season, and he should get at least what Giroux got ($3.75m per year).

Best-case scenario, the Flyers will have a little more than $6 million to sign five players, and they have to account for Van Riemsdyk’s big raise for 2012. Bryzgalov or Vokoun won’t take a contract averaging $3 million per season. The only hope is to move a big contract like Carter, Hartnell, Versteeg, or Carle.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/05/11 at 02:32 PM ET

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Correction. Best-case scenario for the Flyers is $6 million to sign seven players, not five.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/05/11 at 05:06 PM ET

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They have 24-year-old Tuukka Rask waiting for the opportunity, but Rask lost the starting job to Thomas early this season and never got it back.

All the more reason to get rid of your Vezina finalist after a record-breaking season. This article is a message board post transformed into a newspaper column.

Posted by cs6687 on 06/05/11 at 06:47 PM ET

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